Did Someone Say Chocolate Sale?

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4 9 dick taylorChocolate Sale at Wally’s!

Dick Taylor Belize, Toledo Craft Chocolate Bar – Earthy undertones highlighted with notes of Jasmine and Hibiscus on top of a dried fruit flavor profile.  This bar won their first Good Food Award! The 72% Belize, Toledo took home an award in the chocolate category of the GFA in San Francisco. It stems from the great beans and hard work from the farmers and employees of Maya Mountain Cacao in Belize.  We are so happy to carry this bar!
Regular Price: $8.49 each Sale: $6.99 each – Buy Here



4 9 fresco 212Fresco Chocolate 212 Dominican Republic Light Roast, Subtle Conche 72% Bar – A delicate cocoa with natural fruitiness reminiscent of raisin or dried plum. The light roast brings out slightly sour or tangy flavor notes. An International Chocolate Award silver winner!          Regular Price: $7.99 each Sale: $6.50 each – Buy Here

4 9 fresco 223Fresco Chocolate 223 Dominican Republic Medium Roast, Subtle Conch 72% Bar – The medium roast reveals subtle notes of blackcurrant, caramel and vanilla.  Hours of stone grinding achieve the ideal texture.  Then, a subtle conching step develops and mellows the final chocolate flavor through heat, aeration and time.  Added cocoa butter gives the chocolate a silky texture as it melts in your mouth.
Regular Price: $7.99 each Sale: $6.50 each – Buy Here


4 9 ritualRitual Chocolate Bar Madagascar 75% – Made with organic cacao from the well-known Somia Plantation in the lower Sambirano Valley of Northern Madagascar. This farm is known for producing cacao rich with notes of citrus and nuts as a result of the unique growing conditions and post-harvest practices. True to its reputation, our creation exemplifies the curious character of Madagascar cacao.
Regular Price: $7.99 each Sale: $6.50 each – Buy Here

As a pairing complement, why not try:



4 9 glenmorangieGlenmorangie Taste Set of 4 (Contains four 100ml bottles of each) – Aged in ex-bourbon casks, this is the celebrated signature 10 year. Lasanta – The original spirit finished for an additional 2 years in Oloroso Sherry casks. Quinta Ruba – The original spirit finished for an additional 2 years in Port casks. Nectar D’Or – The original spirit finished for an additional 2 years in Sauternes barriques.
$39.99 for the whole set – Buy Here

2009 Luciano Sandrone Barolo “Le Vigne”: 95-Pt Barolo Among Vintage’s Best

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2009 Luciano Sandrone Barolo “Le Vigne”: 95-Pt Barolo Among Vintage’s Best! “Luciano Sandrone is one of the leading lights in Piedmont. No grower has managed to so brilliantly reconcile modern and traditional approaches in making wines that are soft, supple and approachable when young, but also capable of aging beautifully.” Antonio Galloni 

Mr. Galloni’s quote rings true in the 95-point 2009 Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne. The Le Vigne is a sandroneblend of four Nebbiolo vineyards, as was the traditional method of making Barolo long before the single-vineyard craze. Luciano however, is a very ‘modern’ winemaker— having worked his way up at Marchesi di Barolo before using a tiny land investment to create the sought-after brand Sandrone is today. And if consistency is the result of modern winemaking methods, Sandrone could be its model, producing the highest quality regardless of vintage conditions. It’s also worth noting that it was a Sandrone that was one of the first perfect scores ever given to a Barolo by Robert Parker. With all that said, we’re not surprised to see Le Vigne among the top wines from the 2009 Barolo vintage. You may however, be surprised by our price: the lowest in California!

2009 Luciano Sandrone Barolo “Le Vigne” – Sale Price $114.99 – Buy Here 

“The 2009 Barolo Le Vigne shows class and pedigree with bright fruit tones carefully wrapped within the wine’s elegant texture. The purity and the intensity of the wine are exceptional, especially when compared to other Barolos from this vintage. The bouquet is polished and long, with pristine accents of spice, licorice and anise seed. Made with fruit sourced from various parcels, this wine speaks with a strong and confident tone. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. The winemaking team at Luciano Sandrone is responsible for some of the finest Nebbiolo-based wines available today.” 95 points, Robert Parker 

“The 50 by 50” Tasting at the famous Neutra Kun Residence

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“The 50 by 50” Tasting at the famous Neutra Kun Residence!

Jerry Casale, musician and co-founder of “Devo”, music video director and wine fanatic, will be hosting the launch of his first wines, “The 50 by 50”, at the famous and spectacular Richard J. Neutra designed Kun Residence in the Hollywood Hills.gerald_casale

Join us on this very special evening as we taste the debut wines from Jerry’s own label, The 50 by 50; the 2012 Sonoma Pinot Noir, and the 2013 Rose of Pinot Noir.

Jerry has been obsessed with great wines since touring the world in the late 1970’s with Devo – and soon discovered a similar world of invention and adventure in many of the now iconic California chefs as he did with the new wave musical movement in which Devo was a flag bearer. When Devo toured, Jerry visited vineyards, and when home in California, he quizzed his new and influential friends (he also found out that they were fans of Devo), and eventually taught wine classes. Before he realized, the seeds of a future wine producer had started to grow, and we are thrilled to be a part of this “bud break” of his own wines.

Kun ResidenceNot only do these wines have a spectacular story, the Kun Residence has an enduring legacy as a stunning example of the many influential creations of Richard J. Neutra, considered to be one of the icons of the Modernist architectural movement – which broke barriers with the previous theories of Classical architecture, much as the music of Devo was viewed in relation to the common denominator popular music of the 1970’s. It is no coincidence that the Kun Residence shall be the perfect setting for this informative tasting.

KunNew2Built in 1936 and located in the Laurel Canyon area of Hollywood, this three-and-a-half-story single-family residence exhibits character-defining features of International Style architecture. The home was constructed between 1935 and 1936 for Los Angeles Examiner printer, Joseph Kun, and was the first home designed by Richard J. Neutra that included all-electric fixtures, and was one of the first such homes in Los Angeles. The Kun Residence is a unique and remarkable architectural achievement with sensational views, and will be a stunning setting for this debut tasting.

93-Point Advocate Rated 2010 Palacios Remondo La Montesa

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The Palacios family’s roots run deep and spread throughout all of Spain. Alvaro Palacios, who makes quite possibly the best Spanish red there is in the L’Ermita (at over $1,000 when you can find it), recently returned to the family’s oldest estate, Palacios Remondo. His influence was instant, as you’ll see in the extreme value 2010 La Montesa. Dominated by Garnacha, Alvaro’s specialty, this beauty only further benefits from an excellent 2010 Rioja vintage— to the tune of a 93-point write-up in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate!

 montesa2010 Palacios Remondo La Montesa – Sale Price $14.99 – Buy Here

“The 2010 Finca La Montesa, a blend of 75% Garnacha, 20% Tempranillo and 5% Mazuelo sourced from the family vineyard La Montesa del Monte Yerga in Alfaro, displays an attractive bright red ruby color, subtle notes of perfectly ripe red cherries, flowers, spices, flowers, wild herbs and some chalk sensations. It is extremely elegant. The palate is supple, sapid (umami?), vibrant, pure, balanced and long. Simply delicious and a great value. Drink 2014-2018.” 93 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Winemaker’s Notes: “Named after the hillside vineyard located on the northeastern slope of the Yerga mountains in eastern Rioja, La Montesa is a blend of the red grape varieties that grow organically on the Palacios Remondo estate. Ruby red in color with enticing aromas of cherries, long-stem strawberries, pomegranate juice and red grapefruit rind; this wine is silky on the palate with notes of Bing cherries, ripe nectarines and hints of Mediterranean aromatic herbs. At an altitude of 1,800 feet, the Palacios Remondo vineyards are grown at some of the highest points within all of Rioja. The average age of the vines is twenty-four years. The soil is comprised of sediments that stem from the quaternary era, consisting of clay and a stony-calcareous subsoil covered in gravel, similar to that of Chateauneuf du Pape.”


Drinkward-Peschon’s Latest Is “The Year At Its Best”

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drinkwardAs long time e-club members know, spring brings the arrival of Wally’s precious allotment of one of the Napa Valley’s best-kept Cabernet Sauvignon secrets: Drinkward Peschon. This stellar Cabernet is hand-crafted by the talented team of Lisa Drinkward and Francoise Peschon. Francoise is consulting winemaker at two esteemed properties, Araujo Estate and Vine Hill Ranch, so she attracts an ardent following. Fans of this wine have plenty to look forward to this year: as Antonio Galloni notes this wine is “a fabulous example of the year at its best.” We concur and predict this humble little wine will outpace some of Napa’s bigger and more expensive names when 2011 is re-evaluated. With production just shy of 700 cases, we must impose a 6-bottle purchase limit. Special note: We have been rewarded with a handful of extremely rare magnums. First-come, first-served on those!

2011 Drinkward-Peschon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – Sale Price $64.99 – Buy Here

Drinkward 1.51.5L Magnums – Sale Price $149.99 – Buy Here

“The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Entre Deux Meres is beautiful. Sweet, layered and expressive, the 2011 impresses for its length and balance. Raspberry jam, flowers, sweet spices and crushed rocks are all laced together gracefully. This is a fabulous example of the year at its best. The 2011 will drink well early, but it should also age nicely for a number of years.” 91 Points, Antonio Galloni 

Chapoutier & Terlato Conquer Australia With 93, 95 Point Reds

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Importer Anthony Terlato and winemaker Michel Chapoutier’s Australian project is the culmination of a nearly lifelong relationship. Upon first meeting Chapoutier — only 25 years old, no less — Terlato was inspired to say the following: “Last night I met a genius who will one day soon make great wines, and we will market them in the United States.” Soon after, Robert Parker hailed Chapoutier as “one of the best winemakers on the planet,” and the rest as they say, is history. That is… until Michel called upon Terlato in the late nineties to jointly invest in a parcel of the Australian Pyrenees. Flash forward to 2004 when the project finally bore fruit (or bottles, in this case) in minuscule quantities. Now over a decade old, the estate is rocking and rolling and, in typical Chapoutier fashion, turning out blockbuster deals like the 93 point 2011 Shiraz-Viognier and 95 point 2011 Syrah de Malakoff. These are elegant and stately reds made in a style reminiscent of expensive Côte Rôties, but from a majestic terroir that is unique to the planet. Stock up now— our discount expires in one week!

Terlato2011 Terlato-Chapoutier Shiraz-Viognier – Sale Price $14.99 – Buy Here

93 points, Robert Parker. No tasting note given.

Winery Notes: Mouthfilling bright plum and red berry fruits, full bodied but smooth.

2011 Terlato-Chapoutier Syrah de Malakoff – Sale Price $44.99 – Buy Here

95 points, Robert Parker. No tasting note given.

Winery Notes: Explosive black berry and pomegranate-like flavors with perfectly matched tannins that give the wine a long, lasting aftertaste.

Grilled Cheese Month Continues With Bradley’s “The Jam”

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The grilled cheese mania continues! For the second week of National Grilled Cheese Month we will be making a Fiore Sardo Pecorino, Pastures Cheddar and guava jam grilled cheese on Brioche. If you love grilled cheese, come on in and just ask for the ‘The Jam’!

4 07 sandwich the jamBradley’s April Grilled Cheese Sandwich “The Jam” $8.99 – Order Here

We asked Bradley to describe his sandwich: “Often when I pair cheese with accoutrements; I hunt down a combination of salty and sweet. The contrast allows for me to find unique and interesting flavors that would be lost otherwise. I fell in love with the Guayeco Guava Jam the first time I tasted it, so I knew I had to use it on my grilled cheese. Fiore Sardo is a cheese that has a permanent place in my refrigerator at home, and Pastures is a cheese that I have been excited about since we received our first wheels in the shop. I am pleased to combine these flavors together to create a slightly sheepy, salty and sweet gourmet grilled cheese for you all to enjoy.”

4 07 sardoFiore Sardo – With a paste more golden than is usually found in sheep milk cheeses, Fiore Sardo has a hard natural rind that is banded by black wax. This semi-hard cheese is sharp and savory and the slightest shaving of it brings simple, olive oil-dressed pasta alive. This is one of those cheeses that is just as good to slice and eat as it is to use in your favorite dishes.  Also, this cheese is very versatile for pairing and will match well with many white and red wine varietals.
Sale Price: $15.20 / lb – Buy Here 


4 07 pasturesPastures by Saxon Homestead Creamery – Pastures is a 4 month aged cow’s milk cheddar made in Wisconsin by Saxon Homestead Creamery. Pastures has a creamy, semi-firm texture with mellow crisp flavors of grass and hints of sweetness on the finish.
Sale Price: $20.00 / lb – Buy Here 




4 07 guavaGuayeco Guava Jam – Guayeco 100% Natural Guava Jam is made in small batches with fresh guava fruit and no fillers, corn syrup, or preservatives. This deliciously thick and sweet jam is the most flavorful guava spread you’ll ever try. Guayeco is a family-owned company with over 50 years of experience. Cheesemonger tip: Try this jam with Koko’s Coconut Gouda for the ultimate island taste.
Sale Price: $6.49 each – Buy Here


2010 Dunham Cabernet Sauvignon XVI – an Idyllic “Best of Washington”

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DunhamA Cab Winner From Washington State! Washington State provides fertile ground for those seeking Cabernet Sauvignons with a slight twist from those of the Napa Valley. Among the leaders of these is Dunham Cellars, whose Cabernet Sauvignon has developed an ardent following in the wake of its perennially positive critical success. Sourced from renowned estate vineyards in the Walla Walla and Columbia Valley Appellations, it is always an idyllic “best of Washington” effort that is built to last. Our tiny allotment of the 2010 has just arrived. Referred to as the XVI by Dunham, it has already been honored with a 93 point Cellar Selection rating by the Wine Enthusiast. Of course, the other reason Washington State Cabernets are so ripe for plunder is that many are so reasonably priced. And, really, at $44.99, this Dunham XVI is a bona fide deal. That said, much like last week’s sold-out-within-hours Forman Chardonnay blast, this Dunham Cabernet will also disappear quickly. So, fair warning: immediate action on your part will be required.

“The 16th edition of Dunham’s benchmark Cabernet Sauvignon bears a stong scent of new oak – it is aged in 70% French and 30% American. The wood is dominant, which is not surprising in a wine built for long-term aging. Given plenty of time to breathe, bright red fruits, citrusy acids and lovely mix of toast, caramel and clove accents emerge.” 93 Points/Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast

2010 Dunham Cabernet Sauvignon XVI – price $44.99 – Buy Here 


Evan Williams 2003 Single Barrel – a Wally’s Exclusive

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Evan WWally’s has just received a barrel of 2003 Evan Williams Single Barrel Hand Selected Barrel Bourbon. Craig and Parker Beam carefully make this 5 time “Whisky of the Year” winner.  It is a smooth, buttery, bourbon with a toasted vanilla finish that is soft and easy. Evan Williams is second largest selling Kentucky Bourbon in the nation – but you won’t find this unique bottling anywhere else but Wally’s.

Barreled on 9/30/03, and bottled on 12/18/13, this is a 10 year old bourbon in which Wally’s spirits buyer, Ryan January, specifically selected this particular cask out of an array of barrels. We have all 222 bottles from this cask and it is a rare treat to be the exclusive retailer for this wonderful Whisky. And, at $29.99 a bottle, it’s a great deal.

This is a perfect bourbon for the beginner – and makes a beautiful everyday sipping whisky. It’s also fantastic in mixed drinks. We’ve included a recipe for a knockout Sidecar below.

Evan WilliamsEvan Williams Bourbon has an illustrious history – named after its founder, a courageous Welsh immigrant who traveled to America to become a farmer, building contractor, harbormaster, businessman, inventor and civic leader. Mr. Williams eventually set up his distillery on the banks of the Ohio River – and an official marker designates the exact place where he proudly became Kentucky’s First Commercial Distiller. Mr. Williams was known to bring a full jug of his Bourbon into Government meetings, and leave with the same jug – although completely empty. Celebrate your intrepid spirit with a drink made by one.

Bourbon was declared “America’s Native Spirit” in 1964 by an act of Congress, and by law must include at least 51% corn, and aged a minimum of two years in a new charred white oak barrel. This fine Bourbon was aged 10 years, and you’ll know that it was time well spent as you taste the vanilla, oak and brown sugar complexities.

2003 Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon – $29.99 – Buy Here

Evan Williams Single Barrel – a Wally’s Exclusive
Recipe Type: Evan Williams Sidecar
Author: Wally’s Wine
  • 1 part Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon
  • 1/2 part triple sec
  • 1/2 part lemon juice
  • Lemon twist
  1. Take lemon and moisten rim of highball glass. Sprinkle superfine sugar on rim of glass. Combine Evan Williams Bourbon, Triple Sec and lemon juice. Shake ingredients together with cracked ice. Strain into prepared highball glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.


The Rise of Henriot: Champagne From 92 to 97 Points

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Henriot may be the most underrated brand in Champagne, with all of its cuvées performing at the top of their class, beating out the big names in the process. Just look at the scores and the reviews below: 92 points for the Brut Souverain (which will keep for a decade as well), 94 points for the extreme-value Rosé, and the 1996 Cuvée des Enchanteleurs — which, at 97 points, is second only to the mammoth 1996 Krug for champagne of the vintage. We suspect some of this lack of name recognition is due to the fact that this wine is scarce — just about 1,000 cases imported of each. We’re lucky to have a long-standing history with the house that allows us just enough to be able to offer these at a substantial discount. For one week only that is…

henriot brutHenriot Brut Souverain – Sale Price $36.99 – Buy Here

“This rich Champagne offers notes of roasted hazelnut, brioche and smoke, layered with vibrant acidity and a fine mousse to create an overall sense of finesse. The bright hints of black currant, poached quince, pickled ginger and licorice are fresh and juicy, lingering on the finish. Drink now through 2023.” 92 points, Wine Spectator



henriot roseHenriot Rosé – Sale Price $49.99 – Buy Here

“A rich and toasty version, featuring roasted almond, brioche, honey and graphite notes. Vibrant acidity and a finely textured bead keep this mouthwatering and light-footed, carrying flavors of dried cherry, wild strawberry and licorice.” 94 points, Wine Spectator 




henriot 19961996 Henriot Cuvée des Enchanteleurs – Sale Price $184.99 – Buy Here

“Tight-grained, with an immediate impression of the sea before forest floor and citrus notes take over. This is bright and fresh, with plenty of spice, toast and candied berry flavors, backed by a firm structure. The finish just keeps going.” 97 Points, Wine Spectator